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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 10, 2008 3:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Eve of destruction

Not sure why this song strikes me so in this day and age, but it does...I know it is not necessarily kosher to just post a song/lyrics, but nonetheless, in the absence of Ashes, here it is, for your consideration:

The eastern world, it is exploding
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’
You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’

But you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction.

Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
[Take a look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya boy]

And you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction.

Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’
I’m sitting here just contemplatin’
I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.
Handful of senators don’t pass legislation
And marches alone can’t bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin’
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’

And you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction.

Think of all the hate there is in Red China
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama
You may leave here for 4 days in space
But when you return, it’s the same old place
The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace
You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace
Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace
And… tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
You don’t believe
We’re on the eve
Of destruction
Mm, no no, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Feb 11, 2008 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

great post, great song, wt

i still got a single (45) somewhere

b side - masters of war (dylan cover)

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Poster: snori Date: Feb 11, 2008 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

Makes you wonder where all the protest songs are in these times. Didn't Neil Young release a CD of anti-war songs because no-one else had ?

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Poster: waynecs Date: Feb 11, 2008 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

I loved the song but I must admit this line 'Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’
always struck me as hilarious.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 11, 2008 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

You got that right, Wayne. Couldn't agree more.

But when you return, it's the same old place.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Feb 10, 2008 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

I remember that tune well WT. Had that on vinyl back in the day! It was a greatest hits album I had long ago.
A copulation of artist such as Steeler's Wheel, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Hendrix and others. Still have the two LP
set in it's jacket somewhere!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Feb 10, 2008 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

you know Wharf, i think "copulation" might actually work there, lol!

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Poster: Kryssy Fields Date: Feb 11, 2008 2:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

Now I've got a bloody turtle, be luck to even stir the soup this morning. No tellin' how the rest of the day will go.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Feb 10, 2008 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

ummmmm I'd like to buy an M Pat.... lol my bad T.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 10, 2008 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

Oh, that is TOOOOO good! No editing allowed!

I always love a good copulation of music...

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Feb 10, 2008 5:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

Right on Will Tell!!!

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Poster: fgfgfg Date: Feb 10, 2008 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

http://www.archive.org/details/trash-metal

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Feb 11, 2008 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

Long Live Ashes...

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Feb 10, 2008 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

nice Will ... i found a beat up copy of the original vinyl LP by Barry McGuire while wandering through a flea market in Kentucky, circa '85ish; it still plays wonderfully, and the lyrics do still resonate; i remember another track off that album that was pretty interesting: The Sins Of The Family (Fall On The Daughter) ... however, no lyrics; maybe cream-puff-war can locate them?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 10, 2008 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

Thanks for that Arb, & Wharf; always liked this song...

What about it, CPW? Right up your alley.

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Feb 11, 2008 3:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

I remember that Barry McGuirre protest song very well. Music meant something in those days. Our ignorant parents didn't even realize that "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" was also a protest song against the lying media news outlets. "Fortunate Son" was dedicated to the chickenshit politicians (Quayle, Clinton and Bush Jr etc.) They weren't gonna put down the books, pick up a gun and fight their own wars.

There was a deluge of songs like that by dozens of artists a more than enough for a pile of CDs. AM radio used to be good about 40 years ago. I went full time Grateful Dead and other Frisco bands with the birth of KMPX and KSAN.

Now, the RIAA is just pushing garbage from Amerikan Idol, Brittney Spears and the like.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Apr 23, 2008 1:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

"Sins Of A Family" was written by P.F. Sloan (as was "Eve Of Destruction").

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2008-04-23 08:21:53

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Poster: buscameby Date: Feb 11, 2008 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

Great song! I rember lyin in bed listening to ther radio in those days and that song driving these weird thoughts in a 5 or 6 yr olds head.

It may well have be the reason I became the radical I would grow up to become in the 70's.

It is also from the era that one of the Boys best was written before they were the Grateful Dead,"Mornin Dew" by another soul who feared the path the planet was being taken down.

It was just such fear that drove the Children to shake their bones in the 60's, AShes Ashes all fall down.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 10, 2008 3:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

Will, my friend, when the lyrics are as good and true as this you should post away as much as you want. Here's a clip of Barry McGuire performing the song in 2004 that you may not have seen. Like he says - even more relevant now than it was back in '65...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki2xMUsv-y8

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 10, 2008 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eve of destruction

HA! Imagine you chiming in...thanks, my friend. Thanks.

This is more for the passing of a personal friend that always loved this tune, for what reason I know not, but there you have it.

Will check the clip now.